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Parsons throws five innings in MLB debut

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By Jimmy Trodglen

Editor

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – His voyage to appearing in a MLB game started when he was a free agent signing a minor league contract in the summer of 2012.

Six years after signing a deal with his favorite childhood team, Wes Parsons threw his first pitch for the Braves Thursday.

It was an unexpected call to the bullpen that brought Parsons to the pitcher’s mound at Nationals Park, but he made the most of a long overdue debut that went beyond what was expected.

Parsons threw five innings, allowing six hits and four runs, while striking out three and walking three in the Braves’ 6-3 loss to the Nationals. The Clarksville High alumni took the loss, but had some brilliant moments during his relief appearance.

Parsons was called up by the Braves from AAA Gwinnett a third time this summer on Tuesday, but unlike the first two times when he never left the bullpen, he stepped on the pitcher’s mound to start the third inning because of a fluke play. Braves starter Anibal Sanchez was hit in the left calf by a hard line drive off National center fielder Michael Taylor’s bat.

Parsons was a little shaky in his first inning, but pitched out of a jam in the third, allowing only one run.

Parsons’ innings were ideal for a Braves’ bullpen that had been stretched thin following a doubleheader Tuesday¬†and a a single game Wednesday, with the bullpen tossing a combined 12.1 innings over the three games.

Parsons wasn’t the only pitcher to make his MLB debut. Adam McCreery pitched the eighth inning in relief of Parsons allowing four hits and two runs.

Parsons, who will turn 26 on Sept. 6, spent the bulk of the summer pitching for AA Mississippi and Gwinnett where had a combined 7-4 record with a 2.47 ERA. Parson struck out 87 in 94.2 innings.

Parsons is the second Clarksville area native to pitch in the MLB this season. Alec Mills, who played at Montgomery Central, threw two innings striking out two in an appearance with the Cubs. Mills is currently pitching for AAA Iowa.

Jimmy Trodglen, editor, Twitter@Tnsports360